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Author:  palegreenthumb [ Jun Sun 16, 2019 9:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Sky Chief radios

As part of my acquisitions from a recent estate sale, I got three Sky Chief radios that are from the late-'30s to late-'40s timeframe.

This seems to be a very obscure brand. My 3 could possibly be the largest assemblage of Sky Chief radios yet put together. Until now, there were only 4 models listed in RadioMuseum, and photos for only one of them. Now, with my radios added, there are 7 models, four with photos.

Does anyone know anything about the brand "Sky Chief?" In particular, what retailer was using that name? I'd appreciate any info!

Here are the radios I picked up:

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Author:  mgrant [ Jun Sun 16, 2019 9:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sky Chief radios

Sky Chief - Isn't that from Texaco?

edit: Oh yeah - I was thinking of Fire Chief. - Nevermind . . . :mrgreen:

Author:  35Z5 [ Jun Sun 16, 2019 10:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sky Chief radios

mgrant wrote:
Sky Chief - Isn't that from Texaco?

edit: Oh yeah - I was thinking of Fire Chief. - Nevermind . . . :mrgreen:

Sky Chief was Texaco's premium grade of gasoline.

Fire Chief was regular.

Author:  egg [ Jun Sun 16, 2019 10:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sky Chief radios

Radio Today magazine April 1938 (two ads).
Mentioned in Radio Today magazine, March 1939 as...
SKY CHIEF RADIO CORP., 345 E, 37th St., New York, N.Y., "Sky Chief"
manufacturer of Home radios and Phonographs.

There is a (battery) list of eleven radio models in Service magazine July 1941 p.10

These above, and other (pdf) Hits for...
"Sky Chief radio" ... tnG=Search


"Samuel Glick" ... tnG=Search

Author:  palegreenthumb [ Jun Mon 17, 2019 3:01 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sky Chief radios

Excellent, thanks Greg. This link is particularly informative: ... 938-02.pdf

There's a paragraph in there (pg. 54) about Samuel Glick, that identifies him as president of Freed Manufacturing Corp. The tag on my radio [shown in the ad for $14.95] actually has a chassis tag that says "F.M.C." I couldn't get straight whether that was Freed, or Fairbanks Morse. Now I know!

So this suggests that Sky Chief Radio Corp did NOT have any association with Texaco. That's what I was wondering about, mostly.

The tag on my Sky Chief portable shows "S.C.R.C." suggesting that it was actually manufactured by Sky Chief themselves. And apparently they did have their own factory, which answers another question I was curious about.


Author:  egg [ Jun Mon 17, 2019 1:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sky Chief radios

In June 1935 Samuel Glick was the Secretary for the newly-formed Freed Manufacturing Co., Inc.

The paragraph from page-24 that you mentioned.

Author:  egg [ Jun Mon 17, 2019 6:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sky Chief radios

S-125-4 is the part number for the license/serial no. plate.

seen here... ... -l1600.jpg
from this radio... ... 7675.l2557

and mentioned here, incorrectly... ... 1872529117


Author:  palegreenthumb [ Jun Tue 18, 2019 3:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sky Chief radios

Thanks, Greg!

I'm wondering if Freed Mfgr Co changed their name to Sky Chief Radio Co when the Freed brothers left the business? It would sorta make sense.


Author:  Mr. Detrola [ Jun Tue 18, 2019 4:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sky Chief radios

That certainly does make sense. If it wasn't published in one of the trade magazines of the day, it should still be possible to find reference to that change in a state related business records journal, which used to be available at the public library.

Amazing that anything at all turned up as some of the smaller companies were quite obscure and some were intentionally flying below the radar to avoid licensing issues and other regulations.

Author:  azenithnut [ Jun Tue 18, 2019 1:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sky Chief radios

Joe and Arthur had yet another radio manufacturing venture about 1940 when they started making Freed Eisemann FM radios.
Sadly Joe died April 1941, but the business did last until the late 1940s maybe early 50s.



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